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Eighteen Area Students Gaining STEM Research Experience At Prestigious Institutions

on May 5, 2017 - 7:16am

Northern New Mexico College students Alondra Villalba and Britney Martinez. Photo by John T. Denne

NNMC News:

Eighteen students from Northern New Mexico College’s Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science programs have secured summer research experiences at prestigious institutions around the country.

In alignment with the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the students will be associated with a research project in their field of study at a host institution, where they will work closely with the institution’s faculty and other

AG Balderas To U.S. Senate: Let Reckless House Health Care Bill Die

on May 4, 2017 - 11:30pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer:

 

Governor Susana Martinez Unveils Latest Hard-Hitting Ads To Fight Drunk Driving

on May 4, 2017 - 10:37pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the latest a series of ads that provide a firsthand perspective of the reality of a DWI arrest. The new ads will play through Cinco de Mayo weekend to encourage New Mexicans not to drink and drive.

“There’s no excuse for driving drunk, and these ads show exactly what happens to those who make the choice to endanger others on our roads,” Governor Martinez said. “Our law enforcement officers are dedicated to keeping New Mexicans safe. If you drive drunk, they will arrest you and you will go to jail.

SFNF 2017 Firewood Permits Now Available

on May 4, 2017 - 4:11pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Firewood permits for dead and down timber are now available for purchase at most Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices. The exception is the Española Ranger District, which expects to start selling its firewood permits May 15.
 
Dead and down permits are valid (one district per permit) on the entire SFNF except for designated wilderness areas.
 
The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $20 for five cords with a maximum of 10 cords per household per year.

Retired LANL Scientists: Attacks On Science, EPA Are Foolhardy, Dangerous

on May 4, 2017 - 10:11am

By retired LANL scientists: Chris Barnes, Ph.D.; Fairley Barnes, Ph.D.; James Bradbury, Ph.D.; James Cost, Ph.D.; Margaret Cox, Ph.D.; Larry Deaven, Ph.D.; Terry Foxx; Mikkel Johnson, Ph.D. and Laboratory Fellow; Charles F. (Chick) Keller, Ph.D.; Arvid S. Lundy; F.J. (Jeff) Martin; Caroline (Cas) Mason, Ph.D.; Rodney (Rod) Mason, Ph.D.; Donald A. Neeper, Ph.D.; Cheryl Rofer; Marvin VanDilla, Ph.D.; David Watkins, Ph.D. and Mike Williams, Ph.D.

On April 22, New Mexicans across the state stood up for scientific integrity in the face of attacks on the role of science in our daily lives.

That

Bandelier Announces 2016 Economic Benefits: $12.5 Million Locally; $35 Billion Nationwide

on May 3, 2017 - 6:47pm

Ancestral Pueblo cavate in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service (NPS) had a big year in 2016. Besides being the Centennial of its establishment, parks nationwide broke records for visitation, with more people than ever going to these places that are often called America's jewels. Having started with Yellowstone, there are now 417 areas, with at least one in every state.

A recent study brought to light the economic benefits that these

New Mexico Has New Democratic Party Leadership

on May 3, 2017 - 2:02pm
DPNM News:
 
The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) elected a new leadership team Saturday to guide the Party into the 2018 election. Richard Ellenberg (Santa Fe) will serve as state Party chair, Naomi Martinez Parra (Lordsburg) will serve as vice chair, Katharine Clark will serve as secretary, and Robert Lara (Las Cruces) will continue to serve as Treasurer. 
 
"Democrats are united and working hard to make sure we never have another governor like Governor Susana Martinez nor a disaster like Donald Trump," said Richard Ellenberg, the newly-elected chair of the Democratic Party of New

Prior Felon Guilty To Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on May 3, 2017 - 12:46pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Pilar Angel Lucero, 33, of Albuquerque pled guilty May 2, to violating federal firearms laws. The plea agreement included the recommendation that Lucero be sentenced to 48 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Lucero was charged by criminal complaint July 7, 2016, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on June 16, 2016, in Bernalillo County, following a routine traffic stop by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). subsequently was indicted on the same charge July 28, 2016. According to

Udall: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes Key Funding For New Mexico

on May 3, 2017 - 8:55am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the subcommittee overseeing funding for the Interior Department, environment and arts and culture programs, issued the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017.
 
“At a time when Washington is more polarized than I've ever seen it, I'm pleased that we were able to reach this agreement for New Mexicans and the American people.

State GOP On Defeat Of Sugary Beverage Tax

on May 3, 2017 - 8:45am

GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the results of the vote on Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales' proposed tax on sugary beverages:

"Santa Fe voters made the right choice today," GOP spokesman Tucker Keene said. "This tax would have hurt local businesses and working families while doing nothing to increase access to healthier beverage options.

Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham Join Over 130 Members Of Congress Urging Education Secretary To Reinstate Student Loan Protections

on May 2, 2017 - 10:12pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms.
 
The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing.
 
“Your decision to rescind these [initiatives]—including the guidance making servicers’ past performance and record of compliance with

Governor Announces $40 Million Investment In New Mexico Startups

on May 2, 2017 - 4:11pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Funds expected to support more than 50 companies

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced $40 million worth of investments in New Mexico startups.

 

A $20 million Catalyst Fund is being launched that will raise a matching $20 million in private equity for investments in local startups. The Catalyst Fund is expected to support more than 50 companies in New Mexico and will focus on aiding technology startups.

 

“New Mexico has the potential to be the next tech-startup capital of the United States,” Martinez said.

Consumer Protection Presentation At UNM-Los Alamos

on May 2, 2017 - 3:56pm

There have been incidences of stolen credit card numbers in Los Alamos. Courtesy Images

UNM-LA News:

UNM alumni Shaylyn Garcia Roy and Patrick Stewart are hosting “Consumer Security: Protecting the Citizens of New Mexico” Thursday, May 4 at UNM-Los Alamos in the Building 2 Lecture Hall.

Shaylyn Garcia Roy, Community Outreach Director for the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General. Courtesy Images

The event begins with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by the presentation.

The UNM Alumni Association and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office are joining forces to

AAUW-NM Announces First Mission In Action Award

on May 2, 2017 - 6:31am

Dr. Tinka Gammel, left, representing the New Mexico Network of Women in Science in Engineering receives the Mission in Action Award from AAUW-NM Awards Chair Sheila Portillo at AAUW’s annual state convention Saturday evening in Los Alamos. Courtesy/AAUW-NM

AAUW-NM News:

AAUW-New Mexico has announced that the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (the Network) is the first recipient of its Mission In Action Award.

Awards Chair Sheila Portillo presented the award Saturday evening at AAUW’s annual state convention in Los Alamos to Dr.

Udall On Interior And Environment Funding In Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on May 2, 2017 - 6:16am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the finalized bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government through September. 

“This bill is a strong, bipartisan agreement, and I thank lawmakers and staff on both sides of the aisle for their hard work to achieve a workable compromise.

Conditions Look Good For Virgin Mesa Prescribed Burn

on May 2, 2017 - 6:15am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Virgin Mesa prescribed burn this week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The plan is to use hand and aerial ignitions Wednesday to treat a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

New Mexico True Website Wins Gold Award

on May 1, 2017 - 7:06pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico True is proud to announce its website received a Gold Hermes Creative Award in the Business to Consumer category.
 
“We are thrilled to receive this award,” Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “We are incredibly proud of NewMexico.org and our digital team at New Mexico True who works daily to put New Mexico’s best face forward in the tourism industry.”
 
Hermes Creative Awards recognizes the outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media.

Bear Mauling Doesn't Deter VCNP Trail Run

on May 1, 2017 - 8:58am

PEER News:

Washington, D.C. — Just months after a female runner was mauled by a black bear during a race through a national park, that same park has approved a new trail race through bear country, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  

Despite admitting adverse impacts on wildlife and danger to participants, the park gave summary approval for a new race concluding that any problems would be “minimal.”

In June 2016 during a half-marathon through Valles Caldera National Preserve, a woman runner in her 50s scared a black bear cub up

GOP Hosts Senate Candidate Mick Rich Thursday

on May 1, 2017 - 8:46am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich. Photo by James Robinson

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting a presentation by U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich of Taos.

Rich is running for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

The local GOP meeting begins at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Lecture Hall at UNM-Los Alamos.

Bank Robber Wears Nike Cap, Motorcycle Gloves

on May 1, 2017 - 8:32am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a gray Nike baseball cap and motorcycle gloves robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank April 19.
 
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'6” to 5'7” tall, and skinny. He wore a gray Nike Air baseball cap, motorcycle gloves, sunglasses and a dark long-sleeve shirt.
 
The suspect entered Bank of America, 7644 Jefferson St. NE, at approximately 11:58 a.m. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank with the money.
 
Anyone with information is

Raven Swamp Crowned 2017 Miss Indian World

on May 1, 2017 - 8:26am

Raven Swamp Crowned Miss Indian World 2017. Courtesy photo

Gathering of Nations News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Raven Swamp, of Kahnawake, Quebec and member of the Mohawk tribe was crowned the 2017 Miss Indian World, Saturday at the 34th Annual Gathering of Nations, the most prominent Native American powwow in the world.

Swamp received the honor out of 23 Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions who competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment.

“Miss Indian World is one of the most prestigious honors in the

NMDOT Awards NCRTD With $1.02 Million TAP Grant For ADA Transition Plan

on April 30, 2017 - 9:45pm
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has been awarded $1.02 million dollars from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) for its ADA Transition Plan under the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to modify RTD bus stops and facilities to bring them into ADA compliance.
 
For completion of the plan, it was determined that the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 planning and design services costs would come in at $40,000. Final design of the twenty highest priority bus stops and/or facilities are estimated to cost

Los Alamos Woman Snared In Immigration Loop

on April 30, 2017 - 8:32am

Diana Norwood, left, of Los Alamos with her mom Magdalena ‘Lilly’ Norwood who recently ran into immigration issues while attempting to renew her driver’s license at the MVD on Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Longtime Los Alamos resident Diana Norwood sent a letter (link) to the Los Alamos Daily Post recently expressing her frustration with a system that snared her 77-year-old immigrant mother, Magdalena “Lilly” Norwood.

Through a multi-layered, risk based system, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken significant steps to ensure that

FBI: 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am

Recipients of the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards were honored in a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

FBI Director James Comey formally recognized 58 individuals and organizations from around the country Friday for their efforts to build stronger, safer, and more cohesive communities.

“This is one of the very best days in the life of this organization,” Director Comey said during the April 28 ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We get to recognize and thank people who made the FBI better and the country better.”

The annual

Garcia Richard: Legislative Update Continued

on April 30, 2017 - 6:18am
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval

Two weeks ago, I wrote a story for the Los Alamos Daily Post outlining the Governor’s damaging vetoes to the state budget and the actions that the legislature could take to remedy those cuts, including a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the vetoes.

This week the New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to take up the petition from the legislature, challenging the Governor’s vetoes. A hearing is scheduled for May 15.

In the meantime, legislators from both the House and Senate are signing on to call

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